Volume 2 No. 41 | Oct. 12, 2022


Dispositions Other than by Published Opinions

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma Court Calendar

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma is in session year round, unless otherwise noted. The Court regularly schedules conferences on Mondays and other days as needed.

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The OBA Awards celebrate excellence – annually recognizing those who have made lasting impacts on the legal profession and the community. This year's winners recognize lawyers who have upheld our association's highest ideals: ethics, service to others and professionalism. Click to see this year's winners.

The 2022 OBA Awards will be presented at various events in conjunction with this year's Annual Meeting, to be held Nov. 2-4 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Register now to congratulate this year's outstanding group of OBA Award winners in person this November!

The October Oklahoma Bar Journal features several articles reflecting the Gaming theme. Flip through the pages online in the interactive digital edition.

John T. Holden authored the article "Is Sports Betting in Oklahoma Inevitable?"

"May 2022 marked four years since the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), thawing a 25-year freeze on legal sports gambling that kept the activity principally confined to Nevada. In rapid succession, more than 35 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized sports betting since the Supreme Court struck PASPA down. Oklahoma is not among the states on that list. Despite what you might think if you have recently watched a sporting event on television, which now seems to have betting content built in, Oklahoma does not have legal sports betting yet."

"In 2004, the House of Delegates took a big gamble that the progress we wished for was worthy of consideration, and dues increased from $175 to $275. Because of that big gamble, our technology has been continually updated, the building was remodeled and we have maintained a stable, long-term, dedicated staff. It was planned at the time for the dues increase to be sufficient for five years, and thereafter, periodic adjustments upward were to be sought. Dues have not increased in the last 17 years, and we are still in good financial shape for the time being. While our membership has increased by more than 3,000 members since 2003, with the aid of technology, we actually have three fewer full-time employees in administrative and program staff today than when I began in 2003."


"It is now the duty of YLD members to select those who will ultimately lead. Please look at the candidates in your district, and don’t forget to vote! Remember: Every lawyer who was first admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction within the past 10 years is automatically a member of the YLD and is eligible to vote." — Dylan D. Erwin, YLD Chair

Voting for YLD elections is conducted by electronic ballot. Ballots were emailed to YLD members Oct. 3. You may cast your vote any time before midnight, Oct. 17. If you have not received a ballot, contact YLD Elections Chair April Moaning.


Pursuant to Article VII, Section 1 of the Rules Creating and Controlling the Oklahoma Bar Association, Brian T. Hermanson, president-elect and Budget Committee chairperson, has set a public hearing on the 2023 Oklahoma Bar Association budget for 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Oklahoma Bar Center, 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd., in Oklahoma City. Budget details are available online. Click here to view.

The purpose of the OBA is to engage in those activities enumerated in the Rules Creating and Controlling the Oklahoma Bar Association (the “Rules”) and the OBA Bylaws (the “Bylaws”). The expenditure of funds by the OBA is limited both as set forth in the Rules and Bylaws and by OBA policy in compliance with Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990). If any member feels that any actual or proposed expenditure is not within such purposes of, or limitations on the OBA, then such member may object by following the procedures set forth at https://www.okbar.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OBA_KellerPolicy.pdf

In accordance with the Keller policy, an independent auditor will review and certify the "opt out" amount for legislative activity. That will be reflected on the annual dues statement, and the certification and pro rata calculation are listed at MyOKBar.

Featured CLE

Great Primer on Spotting Internet Scams

By Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

Did you know that roughly 96% of worldwide email traffic is spam? Or that one of the more recent scams is to text someone an innocent or flirtatious message, followed by, "Whoops, wrong number,” in hopes of opening a conversation? Or that iPhone scammers are now using the TestFlight app to avoid Apple’s approval process for new apps and convince people to install malicious software?

"Wrong Numbers, Fake Invoices, and Catfishing: How to Avoid the Top Internet Scams" was recently published by PCMag.com. It covers all those issues and more. It also gives clear and simple instructions on how to avoid scams.

Consider this plan:

  1. Read the article.
  2. Share with your staff (and friends and family).
  3. Consider whether this might give you a chance to do some informal email marketing/client service by sending your active clients the link and a brief email warning about how fraud schemes are increasing. No sales pitch about your services, just a warning from a professional.
  4. Then consider whether to also send that to former clients whose files were closed in the last year.

Practice Pointer: Protect your clients' privacy! Never send an email to groups of different clients (and their email addresses) in the "To:" line. Always use the "BCC:" line so you aren’t sharing their private information with other recipients of your email. When sending BCC, group emails in small batches to no more than 30 or so recipients to avoid inadvertently being flagged as spam.


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